Bits and Bridles

How Your Horse’s Headgear Influences Movement and Behavior by Dennis Reis and Corinne Burt     Walk into any tack shop or open any tack catalog and you’re likely to be overwhelmed with the arsenal of available bits and bridles. Most specialty bits that are marketed to solve behavior issues …

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The “Worst-Case Scenario”

To Win on the Trail, Prepare for the Worst by Raye Lochert   There is a popular board game called “The Worst-Case Scenario.” The object of the game is to successfully navigate unexpected and dangerous scenarios. In one version, the winning player will not only finish with the most gold …

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Ready for Your First Mountain Trail Show?

Mountain Trail Show

Eight Helpful Tips to Ensure Success   by Mark Bolender No matter how hard you prepare for a show, a little nervousness is normal. And that’s if things are going well. If not, like when your horse becomes unruly, the anxiety can escalate and cause the entire situation to go …

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Horses and Fear

July 2014

Part 2: Common Causes and Solutions for Fear by Allison Trimble, Willfully Guided Horsemanship   It is important to understand that horseback riding is considered an extreme sport. If you don’t ever want to take a risk, break a sweat, or get dirty, find another hobby. We concluded last month that …

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Breathe Life Into Your Riding: Part 1

How Breathing Enhances Connection by Jenny Rolfe   This series of articles will help to transform your relationship with your horse through techniques of core breathing. This journey of enlightenment for me began years ago as I was training Delfin my ex-bullfighting Spanish stallion. On one particular day, when we were working …

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Trail Savvy: Mastering the Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge
Photo Courtesy of Lee Sampson. Being proficient at negotiating a suspension bridge – or merely a bridge that’s swinging – with your horse is one of the biggest challenges of the mountain trail rider. Yet, mastering this obstacle is relatively easy if the problem is broken down into simple, small steps.

Build a Confident Horse with this Challenging Obstacle The first step is to make sure that you have your Bolender Bubble in place. This means that your horse understands that it can’t invade your personal space under any circumstance. If this fundamental principle is not firmly established, then back up …

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Ask Al: Advice from a Master Horseman – The Busy Horse

The “Busy” Horse and Developing an Average Lope by Al Dunning   Hi Al,         I have a 5-year-old Quarter Horse that constantly plays with bits and anything else he can get into his mouth. I’ve tried to ride in a set of mecate reins but he spends the …

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Ask Al: Advice From a Master Horseman – Speed Control

Speed Control and the Left Sided Syndrome by Al Dunning Hi Al,    I have been working on controlling my horse’s speed during the lope. What are some correct cues to use when I want my horse to slow down or speed up? Mario   Mario, This is not a simple …

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All About Boots

How to Boot Up Your Horse for Safety and Support by Allison Trimble, Willfully Guided Horsemanship   In very physical equine sports, like performance horse competition, leg protection is important. Injury to a horse’s legs can be career ending. There are a lot of types and brands of leg protection and …

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Mastering the Texas Two-Step

Texas Two-Step

Teach Your Horse Speed Control with this Common Obstacle   by Mark Bolender There are a number of important tools we can use to train a horse for Mountain Trail and Extreme Trail competition. Those same tools can also be used to create a great partnership between you and your …

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